POTTSTOWN — Say goodbye to the crumbling eyesore, say hello to Pottstown’s second community garden.
The continuing efforts by the Mosaic Community Land Trust to transform falling-down buildings and lots into productive assets took another step forward this week with the demolition of 615 Chestnut St.; the vacant site of a former neighborhood store will soon become a place where local residents can grow food for their tables and flowers for their enjoyment.
The property was owned for several years “by a fellow down in Philadelphia who eventually gave up on owning the property because he didn’t want to have to pay to demolish it, so he donated it to the land trust,” said David Jackson, chairman of the land trust’s board of directors.
That leverage, he said, was the result of pressure from the borough codes department, which cited the property repeatedly for violations.
Considering the earthquake, tornadoes, flooding, drought, excessive heat and stink bugs, York County‘s apple crop could end up having a banner year. Many fruits and vegetables did not fare well this summer with the erratic weather. However, the apple crop has been unaffected. The rain has kept the stink bugs at bay. One York County apple grower referred to her crop as “tremendous”.
Adjoining Adams County is the number one fruit producing county in the state. Experts fear that climate change could limit apple production to the northern counties of Pennsylvania by mid-century.
There’s a new sheriff in town for stink bugs. The EPA is temporarily permitting orchards to use the pesticide dinotefuran. Dinotefuran is normally used on leafy plants but the EPA is allowing orchards to use this weapon to combat stink bugs in PA, MD and NJ. The pesky bugs have been responsible for destroying as much as 40% of some orchards crop!
Back at the ranch, the USDA is working away on a biological weapon but that is at least a year away from being ready. This temporary pesticide exemption is to help farmers combat the voracious stink bugs until the biological weapon can be deployed.